Concept Note Third Geneva Forum, 2020

The human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China has been seeing a downward trend since its inception in 1949. In recent times, it has only gone worse. China is now playing an increasingly aggressive role in challenging universally accepted principles of human rights and the UN human rights protection and assessment mechanism. In order to preserve the international human rights system and to bring forth the ground realities in China to counter China’s propaganda, a forum focusing on human rights in China has become more crucial than ever.

The first Geneva Forum was held on 2 November 2018 in the backdrop of China’s third Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council. It brought together a select group of human rights experts, practitioners, academicians, activists, diplomats, advocates and activists for a day-long forum to report and discuss the “human rights situation in regions under the People’s Republic of China.” It had representations from all the regions including Tibet, East Turkestan (CHN:Xinjiang), Southern Mongolia (CHN: Inner Mongolia) and Hong Kong and also the affected country like Taiwan.

Following its huge success and based on the overwhelming feedback, it was decided to hold the Geneva Forum as an annual event. The second edition of Geneva Forum was scaled up to a 2-day long forum to discuss “China’s high-tech repression and freedom of religion.” On 14-15 November 2019 human rights experts, researchers, practitioners, parliamentarians, diplomats, technology experts, civil society groups, activists and journalists convened for the Geneva Forum 2019. The highlight of the forum was a declaration titled, “Geneva Forum Declaration 2019” by all the speakers, experts, defenders, witnesses and participants calling upon China, UN, governments and international community to take note and stop China from violating human rights.

The Geneva Forum on Human Rights has evolved to be a unique platform for human rights experts, practitioners, academicians, activists, governments, diplomats, think tanks, civil society groups and the affected groups to monitor and evaluate the human rights situation in regions under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) including Tibet, East Turkestan (CHN: Xinjiang), Southern Mongolia (CHN: Inner Mongolia) and Hong Kong. By bringing together a diverse group of individuals, organizations and institutions, the Forum aims to examine a coordinated multilateral approach to challenge and hold China accountable for its worsening human rights record.

Due to the Wuhan-originated COVID-19 pandemic and for ensuring the safety and well-being of all the speakers and participants, the third edition of the Geneva Forum will be held virtually. The two-day Geneva Forum for this edition will be converted into a Virtual Geneva Forum Week starting from 9 to 13 November 2020. The Geneva Forum will be inaugurated with an inaugural panel on 9 November. From 10 to 13 November, each day one panel discussion will be held with the final panel and a short closing note on 13 November 2020.

Virtual Geneva Forum Week 9 – 13 November, 2020


China’s Policy on Freedom of Religion: Global Impact



Religious leaders, experts, scholars, researchers, human rights activists, civil societies, diplomats and the like.

Date & location


9-13 November 2020, Virtual



The Tibet Bureau, Place de Navigation 10, Geneva 1201

Contact information


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